Honda Vezel Crossover to Be Named HR-V in North America

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If certain reports are to be believed, the Japanese carmaker's Fit-based crossover will take the HR-V name when it will arrive on American soil later this year. According to Temple of VTEC forum, the SUV's production and assembly will be carried out at Honda's Celaya plant in Mexico.
On the Japanese market, Honda marketed the small SUV as the Vezel. However, the HR-V moniker has a bit of pedigree behind it when it comes to Western markets, leveraging Honda's top-selling crossover, the CR-V. This nameplate stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, and the last time Honda offered a model sporting this name was in 2006.

The Vezel is offered in Japan with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC direct injection four-cylinder engine either solo or in hybrid flavor with Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, while underpinnings are shared with the Fit hatchback. Prices range from 1.87 million yen ($18,850 at current rates) for the base 2WD model and top out at 2.68 million yen ($26,012) for the top-spec 4WD hybrid equipped with the seven-speed DCT gearbox.

After the worldwide assault of funky crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, Honda wants a share of the B-Segment SUV pie. The manufacturer plans to hit the 6 million vehicles sales mark by March 31, 2017, and the HR-V might be just the car to do so. Euro-spec model will be put on sale in Old Continent markets at the beginning of 2015.
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